Map of Shadows, Mapwalker #1
Map of Shadows, Mapwalker #1
Map of Shadows, Mapwalker #1
Map of Shadows, Mapwalker #1

Map of Shadows, Mapwalker #1

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A map of skin etched in blood. 

A world under threat from the Borderlands. A young woman who must risk the shadows to save her family.

When her Grandfather is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Sienna Farren inherits his map shop in the ancient city of Bath, England. She discovers that her family is bound up with the Ministry of Maps, a mysterious agency who maintain the borders between this world and the Uncharted.

With the help of Mila Wendell, a traveler on the canals, Sienna discovers her own magical ability and a terrifying place of blood that awaits in the world beyond.

But when she discovers a truth about her past and the Borderlands begin to push through the defenses, Sienna must join the team of Mapwalkers on their mission to find the Map of Shadows – whatever the cost.

In a place written out of history, a world off the edge of the map, Sienna must risk everything to find her father…and her true path as a Mapwalker.

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Pages  208



5 x 0.52 x 8 inches




Fantasy Action & Adventure, Dark Fantasy, 


Mapwalker, Book 1

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"Penn doesn't hold back. She starts off with a bang and never lets up in this brand new take on what maps are for. Loved it."

5 star Amazon review

"I am hooked. It's not too often that I immediately get sucked into a story. But this one took hold of me and wouldn't let go. It's different, raw, enchanting. I found myself reading non-stop into late hours, despite my body begging for sleep. This book has a thin line between fantasy and reality. You can easily compare what's happening in our world to what's going on in the mapwalkers' world. But this book also gives you an escape we often find ourselves craving. I highly recommend reading."

AR Jones
5 start Amazon review

"Always walking the edge between the dark and lighter sides of human nature, in Map Of Shadows that edge becomes razor sharp and cuts deep. It draws dark, magical blood.

I do recommend this book, but only if one first clears the schedule to read without stop. Once the reader steps inside this worlds and its “black mirror” there’s no getting out until the author closes the gates."

Mary A. Madsen
5 star Amazon review

"Oblivious to the existence of the Borderlands, Sienna is unwittingly thrust into an age-old conflict by the mysterious, violent death of her estranged grandfather. Little does she realize that she possesses magical abilities essential to the protection of Earth against those from the other side of the Borderlands who covet our very existence.
This book enthralled and engaged me from the very start. It's a highly imaginative, fast-paced plot that should appeal to fantasy lovers everywhere."

5 star Amazon review

A world off the edge of the map ...

In the Mapwalker dark fantasy trilogy, Sienna Farren must discover how to use her Mapwalker ability and work together with the Mapwalker team to defeat the forces of the Borderlands before Earthside is invaded.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Normand Girard
Map of Shadows

What a wonderful escape in the age of COVID-19. Full disclosure here: I received this book from Joanna after joining her "Pennfriends", but I can assure you that these thoughts are my own. I love the fact that I can go to Google maps and "see" for myself whatever part of the world Joanna is writing a story about or within. I loved the book, and look forward to the next book in this series, hoping that we get a better idea as to why Sienna chose to follow the path of her grandfather and father, as opposed to choosing to live a " sedentary" lifestyle as her mother hoped she would do.